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oz Theme Park
A Done Deal
Discusses various reasons why the author believes the proposal for implementation of the Wonderful World of Oz theme park will receive the approval of the Johnson County (Kansas) Board of Commissioners....
A Great Loss for Kansas
March 8, 2006
Article featuring Gordon Parks and his accomplishments. He died March 7, 2006. Included is a timeline of events in his life and an excerpt of his poem ''A Sign by the Road.'' Parks received the University...
A New Home for Black Archives
January 3, 2011
The newly renovated Parks and Recreation building, the former Parade Park Maintenance Building at 1722 E. 17th Terrace in the 18th and Vine district, has been completed for the home of the Black Archives...
A New Spin on Fun
September 8, 2005
Description and illustrations of the new Patriot roller coaster opening in the spring at Worlds of Fun. Length: 3,081 feet; height: 149 feet; first drop: 123 feet; top speed: 60 mph; ride time: 2 minutes,...
A New Way to Think About Research Parks
December 23, 2008
Map and article about the proposed high-tech development in Blue Springs called the Missouri Innovation Park. In conjunction with the University of Missouri, the Blue Springs Economic Development Corp....
A Post Card from Old Kansas City
A Postcard from Old Kansas City
Photo and history of Fairmount Park (established by Arthur Stilwell to promote his interurban railway between Kansas City and Independence), located at the eastern limit of Kansas City with the area's...
A Rose in Any Other Garden
April 30, 2006
Article features Sarajane S. Aber and her association with the Kansas City Rose Society. She has been a member of the organization for 30 years with 22 of those years as rose garden chairwoman. The society...
A Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, and Lots of Political Clout
Discusses the details of the development of the Oz Theme Park by the Oz Entertainment Company, Incorporated, on the contaminated grounds of a former ammunitions plant.
Description of John Parks, "art instructor at the University of Kansas, who recently completed an elaborate decoration at Sidney's restaurant on Linwood boulevard." Description of his "mural depict[ing]...
Adding Value to Kansas City Neighborhoods
August 16, 2009
A Star editorial about how private citizens, in particular Frank Uryasz, help to maintain city parks. Uryasz and his wife, Ann, have worked to improve Hyde Park, between 36th and 38th streets along Gillham...
Agency Nominee Backs Kansas Outdoors Tourism
January 14, 2011
Nominated by Gov. Sam Brownback as secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Robin Jennison talks about his vision for promoting the "outdoors experience" in Kansas.
Al Bohling, Former Star Writer, Dies
Photo and obituary of Atwell L. "Al" Bohling, or Atwell Bohling, "former editorial writer for 'The Kansas City Star,' dying at the age of 78, starting with "'The Kansas City Times in 1948 as a reporter."...
An Oasis Imperiled
August 3, 2004
Editorial decrying a proposed change to Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park, "one of the most inviting public spaces in Kansas City," located at 12th and Walnut. According to the author, the city's plan...
Anywhere But Here
Article about the history and present state of Berkley Riverfront Park, a city park on the Missouri riverfront between the Paseo and Heart of America bridges.
Area Organizations Partner to Level the Playing Field at Belvidere
February 23, 2011
Local organizations such as Kansas City Parks and Recreation, Don Bosco Centers, Sporting Kansas City, and the Northeast Soccer League have partnered to raise over $250,000 for a new soccer complex at...
Arly L. Hedrick Bridge and Troost Lake Marker
January 11, 2006
The column "Postcards of Historic Northeast" features the Arly L. Hedrick Bridge as seen in 1921 at 27th Street. The bridge was built in 1919 in Troost Park by the firm of Hedrick & Hedrick and is now...
Artist's Addition Is a Tribute to Rosa Parks
January 9, 2006
Article describing artist Alexander Austin's addition of Rosa Parks images to his Martin Luther King mural at Linwood Boulevard and Troost Avenue. Austin, who also painted the mural located at 58th and...
At Sunflower, the Trouble is Below the Surface
Discusses the contaminated grounds of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, plans for its development into an Oz theme park, and challenges to those plans.
Beloved Penn Valley Park Has New Protector
May 26, 2010
The Penn Valley Conservancy is a new organization and a "potentially powerful ally for the stretched city parks department" in advocating for the park. The group's purpose is to protect the historic park...
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